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The island blessed me with a very nice sunset the first evening!

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Finally, a bit late, my new photo series about the archipelago! You find the archipelago in the Baltic Sea, outside the capital. Just to give you an idea about what it is: it’s said to hold 24.000 islands and islets (+ islets tiny as rocks, 😉 )! Even if you don’t count the “rocks”, you’re still left with thousands and thousands of islands ranging from small “day trip” ones, to the bigger ones where you spend several days exploring just one. It’s very popular, especially in the spring/summer! There are plenty of ferries/boats to take you out there, for a very reasonable price, to probably hundreds of these islands. Many people in the city have private boats instead, and cruise around here during the summer.

The archipelago is: islands with rocky shores (sometimes a little sandy beach here and there), old traditional houses (very quaint!), the sea always near you, trees and meadows everywhere around you, big skies, and serenity. Some islands are very “empty”, while others have a hostel/hotel, a restaurant, a little grocery store, etc.

To give you an idea about the size of the archipelago, see this map: (all the pale yellow dots, including the tiny ones, are islands. Here you see only the South + Middle part of the archipelago, not the Northern part, but you get the idea).

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Off to the adventure! Taking a boat from the city; great luck with the weather! Now, today we’re going to an island called Svartso, a direct translation would be….”Black Island”, or something like that. The story is that part of the forest is so dark there, hence the name… (There are MANY interesting names for islands in the archipelago, how about: Cabbage Island, or Raspberry Rocks? 🙂  )

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A nice old wooden sailboat on the way out!

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The boat drops me off at the island, bye bye for now!

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Walking around on the island I spot this little fellow, Bambi with a friend! (They are very far away though, so can’t get a detailed look)

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I stop at another small harbor on the island. See the old tiny cottages next to that boat? You can rent one of those and stay in for the night!

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Close-up on these tiny, traditional “cottages on the sea”. They’re tiny, but the view out to sea is great!

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The trees may not have gotten their leaves just yet, but spring signs in the form of flowers are everywhere!

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Here you see a traditional Swedish house, the way they’ve been made as far back as people can remember. The countryside is littered with houses in this style: Wooden, with the dark red “Falu red”, (a special Swedish paint), and the white trim. 

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This island I’m on is large enough to have several small lakes on it. In this particular lake, there’s a tiny island, which you see across the water. There’s a story to that small island. When the Russians came to plunder some time in the 18th century, the inhabitants of Black Island hid their valuables on the tiny island. The legend says that anyone who tries to dig up those possessions, will be cursed… I didn’t do no diggin’…

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Wow, I’m really in the countryside, aren’t I? Only a couple hours from my home in the busy city. I like this old barn, but it looks a bit sad with its windows broken. Well, I guess people in the countryside take their time fixin’ things? 😛

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The new kids on the block!

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I like the breakfast room at the hostel! It was all new and freshly painted. I had it all to myself, since I arrived the last week before the real season begins out here…

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The bay right outside the hostel in the afternoon sun….

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There was some strange thing going on with the afternoon light by the bay. Everything around me became so intensely dark blue, that it even looked sort of purple sometimes, in the sky.

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I really liked the bay next to the hostel, I had to go back to see the sunset and it was wonderful!

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The last light on the island for today – goodnight! 

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All stress completely melts away when you’re out here! 🙂

I’ll return with 1-2 more posts from this particular island, and later on, I might do some other islands, the archipelago when everything is in full bloom in the summer, even more idyllic then! 🙂 I hope you liked this first little taste of the archipelago?

Apologies for not having time to read blogs much, it’s work stuff, have to catch up on that. Will hopefully have more and more time, come the weekend! Love/Survived